1997 Best Retro Blues Artist of the Year (Delta Snake Magazine)
1996 Winner Skyland Blues Society Talent Competition
1996 Finalist International Blues Talent Competition
1995 Award National Endowment for the Arts (Audio Recording)
Son Lewis has been an active figure on the Blues music scene for some time. His work as a modern day exponent of the Blues, and R&B, has led him to recognition as a performer and recording artist. Son began playing Blues guitar in the 1960’s, influenced greatly by artists as diverse as Robert Johnson, Hubert Sumlin (whom he accompanied on stage in December 2006), Otis Rush, and Elmore James. His own particular guitar style developed under the guidance of Blues guitarist Danny Kalb (founder of the Blues Project, a seminal Bluesband of the 1960's). Lewis' reputation has been built upon solid live solo performances and with his ownSON LEWIS Blues Band, which has featured members of MINK DEVILLE, THE RICKI LEE JONES BAND, THE JITTERZ, EXUMA, IMPACT, THE VOODUDES, and CASTLE BROWNE. As a solo artist, performing the traditional country Blues, and with his band, rocking juke joints with electric blues, Son has become known as a faithful, and loving interpreter of this nearly lost musical art form. In live performance, TV, radio, and on recordings, Son Lewis has proved to audiences everywhere that the Blues is a vibrant, and exciting form of musical entertainment!
Following is a partial list of Son's accomplishments:
IN CONCERT:Opening for- John Hammond, Hubert Sumlin, Mose Allison, Peter Tork, Tracy Nelson, Leon Redbone, Rick Danko, Jimmy Thackery and The Drivers, Rick Derringer, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Elvin Bishop, The Nighthawks, Chris Rush, Johnny Copeland, Savoy Brown, Frankie Lee, The Manhattan Transfer and more...
FESTIVALS: Montclair Jazz & Blues Festival, Botany District Blues Festival, Riverhead Blues Festival, Waterloo Acoustic Blues Festival, Blues 2000, NJ Folk Festival, Hudson Clearwater Festival, Morristown Folk Festival, The Hunger Project Benefits, The Great Falls Festival, Sussex County Fair, The Music America Festivals, The Folk Project Fall Fest, Somerset Arts Festival, Raritan River Festival, Unionville Vinyards, Doc's Blues & Barbecue Festival
LIVE RADIO BROADCASTS: WFDU-FM, WNTI-FM, WNNJ-AM, WRPR-FM, WIXL-FM and airplay on over 70 stations worldwide!
TELEVISION: The Mark Dacey Show, Blues in the Night, The "V" Channel Magazine, The Blues with Karon Brandt, Shirley Keller's Folk People, Horses Sing None of It, Oakland TV
CLUBS:Stanhope House, Bodle’s Opera House, Turning Point, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Trinity Lounge, Warwick Valley Winery, Tuscany Bistro, Max Daniels, Van Gogh's Ear, Lockwood Tavern, Crossroads, Tierney's, Stone Pony, Folk City, Bitter End, Jason's, Wallace's, Nobody's Inn, Old Bay, Tewksbury Inn, Great Notch inn, The Westside Grill, Cafe Elysian, Borders Books, and hundreds more.